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At JNU, ABVP-led students clash with security over fellowship fund, some injured

Updated on Aug 22, 2022 07:17 PM IST

ABVP members blamed the administration for provocation and assault and said the security guards had attacked the students seeking the release of research fellowships at the behest of the JNU administration.

Screengrab of a video shared by the ABVP on Twitter.  
Reported by Sadia Akhtar | Written by Sohini Goswami

Clashes broke out on the campus of Jawarharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi on Monday between a student group, led by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, and security staff when the former was demanding release of scholarship funds.

ABVP members blamed the administration for provocation and assault and said the security guards had attacked the students seeking the release of research fellowships at the behest of the JNU administration.

The Delhi Police said no complaint had been registered so far. “A scuffle broke out between JNU students and guards on duty while the former were protesting at the administration office. They were demanding distribution of scholarships which were pending at the end of JNU admin for two years. No complaint has been received so far,” police said in a stat: Delhi Police

Taking to Twitter, the right wing student group said the security staff did not spare girls and those with special needs. “Many students have been seriously injured and the fellowship section is red with students blood,” the ABVP said in a tweet.

In a written statement, the ABVP said that students had gheraoed the admin office to seek release of fellowship amount and scholarship but were turned away by university officials who misbehaved with students. “Today, when the students reached the admin block to raise the demand for fellowship, the staff working there refused to listen to them and made them leave the premises. When students approached the finance officer with their demands, the officer misbehaved with them,” said the ABVP.

However, Left-backed All India Students' Association president N Sai Balaji shared videos from the clashes saying how ABVP is chasing JNU security guards and attacking them.

JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh said ABVP members had beaten up security guards.

While sharing videos of students and guards pushing each other, Ghosh wrote, “Th ABVP is doing what it can at its best. Beating up guards, and ransacking documents at the scholarship section today. The JNU administration has created these goons for their own benefit to break the students' movement over the years. Now, these goons have gone on to ransack to take law and order into their hands and unleash hooliganism. Yesterday it was students who were at the receiving end, today it is the security persons. Tomorrow it can be anyone from the university,” wrote Ghosh

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